Weather Tools

British Isles Rainfall
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2010-07-10
Updated: Half-hourly
“This page shows rainfall radar images at half-hourly intervals, for the last six hours. The key shows how the colours correspond to the amount of rainfall. For example, regions of yellow on the radar image indicate moderate rainfall. The time shown on the radar is local time.
“To swap the radar image for one showing place names and motorways, hover your mouse cursor over the green button. Move the cursor away from the button to show the radar image.”
Anchor Link Earth Alertsupdate
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-05-15
Version: 2013.1.62 – Released: 2013-05-15 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 2.8 MB Requires: .NET Framework 3.5
Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Earth Alerts is a Windows-based application that allows you to monitor in near real-time a variety of natural hazard events that are occurring anywhere around the world. Alert notifications, reports, and imagery provide the user with a convenient way to view natural phenomenon as they occur, whether close to home or some far-flung corner of the globe!
“Earth Alerts uses a variety of online resources provided by organizations such as the National Weather Service, U.S. Geological Survey and Smithsonian Institution (just to name a few), to identify what sort of activities ‘Mother Earth’ is currently dishing out on the planet.
“To use Earth Alerts, you simply select the specific natural hazards — earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, tropical cyclones, wildland fires, landslides, severe weather, local weather, etc. — and the locations that interest you. The application will then automatically retrieve the latest information from various live data feeds available on the Internet and present it to you in a convenient arrangement of reports, maps and images.”
Anchor Link Earthquake Maps
Information Only Last Reviewed: 2010-07-10
“This web site is provided by the United States Geological Survey’s (USGS) Earthquake Hazards Program as part of our effort to reduce earthquake hazard in the United States. We are part of the USGS Geologic Discipline and are the USGS component of the congressionally established, multi-agency National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP).”
Anchor Link Google Weather
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2010-07-10
“To see weather conditions and a four-day forecast for a particular U.S. location, type ‘weather’, followed by the location. Usually a city name will be enough, but you may also want to include a state or zipcode. For example, to see Palo Alto weather, you could search for ‘weather palo alto, ca’ or ‘weather palo alto 94301’.”
Anchor Link HurricaneView
License: Shareware – $19.95 Last Reviewed: 2010-07-10
Version: 1.5.98 – Released: 2009-08-17 Windows: 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP
File Size: 1.8 MB Requires: .NET Framework 2.0
“HurricaneView is a severe weather tracking tool that automatically downloads the latest satellite images of tropical storm regions and assembles them into a movie animation that loops through the entire sequence of available images – allowing you to track and review the storm movement from beginning to end. The program also offers a thumbnail mode that can display a selected storm in a small video window anywhere on your desktop, allowing you to keep an eye on it while you are working. New storms are automatically downloaded and added to the list. HurricaneView is designed for tracking and review of storms, it does not provide any storm data or severe weather alerts.”
Anchor Link MetarWeather
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-03-11
Version: 1.70 – Released: 2011-11-12 Windows: 9x/ME, NT, 2000, XP
File Size: 202 KB Portable
“The MetarWeather utility decodes METAR weather reports from around the world, and displays them in a simple weather report table. You can save the weather report into text, HTML or XML files. MetarWeather can decode METAR reports from a text file, or download the latest reports directly from the Internet.
“METAR (‘Aviation Routine Weather Report’) is an international standard for reporting the weather conditions in thousands of airports about the world. The METAR weather reports are usually issued once per hour, but when there are significant changes in weather, the METAR reports are issued more frequently. Each METAR report contains essential information about the current weather conditions: Temperature, Dew Point, Barometric Pressure, Wind Speed and Direction, Visibility, Clouds Cover, Current Weather (Rain, Thunderstorms, Hail, Snow and so on…), and more… ”
Anchor Link MyFreeWeather
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-03-11
Version: 2.37 – Released: 2010-10-06 Windows: All
File Size: 606 KB
“View daily and detailed forecasts, local time and date for any location in the world, plus alerts to severe weather conditions. Imagine looking at the current sky in your area, Florida, Hawaii, Paris, Vegas, Bahamas — etc. View the skies of the world without leaving your computer desk.
“This software will enable you to receive weather related information about any known city in the world.”
Anchor Link National Weather Service
License: Free Online Last Reviewed: 2012-06-01
“The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. NWS data and products form a national information database and infrastructure which can be used by other governmental agencies, the private sector, the public, and the global community.”
Anchor Link Weather Exchange
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-06-01
Version: 1.34 – Released: 2011-07-27 Windows: NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7
File Size: 15 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“The Weather Exchange is a free PC desktop application that accesses live community weather from the world’s largest FREE personal weather station network.
“The Weather Exchange also provides up to the minute forecasts, radar, warnings, and detailed weather maps, keeping you instantly informed of any changes in the weather.”
Anchor Link Weather Monitor
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-04-27
Version: 2.3 – Released: 2013-04-27 Windows: Vista, 7
File Size: 1.1 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Weather Monitor is a lightweight sidebar gadget that downloads the weather forecast from Accuweather, enabling you to view it directly on your desktop. The forecast includes data about temperature, pressure, humidity, visibility, wind speed, precipitations, as well as sunrise and sunset time. You can choose from over 3 million locations worldwide.”
Anchor Link Weather Pulse
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-05-23
Version: – Released: 2009-12-14 Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP
File Size: 5 MB
“A powerful Weather Image Display Program for the Internet. FREEWARE – No Spyware No Adware. Display popular Satellite images and video from around the globe, share images with your friends and family, stay updated on current and expected weather conditions, it’s just plain fun!”
Anchor Link Weather Watcher Live
License: Shareware – $19.00 Last Reviewed: 2013-05-02
Version: 7.1.90 – Released: 2013-05-01 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 5.0 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Weather Watcher Live is your personal, real-time Windows desktop weather station. View real-time weather conditions in your neighborhood from WeatherBug weather stations, or as reported by NWS. Automatically retrieve the current conditions, hourly forecast, daily forecast, severe weather alerts from NWS (US only), and weather maps for thousands of cities world-wide. The current conditions can be quickly viewed by holding your mouse pointer over the Weather Watcher Live system tray icon.
“Weather Watcher will allow you to automatically retrieve your weather data at a set interval, display the current temperature in a customized tray icon, display the current condition image in a tray icon, designate which weather information is displayed in the Weather Watcher system tray tooltip, convert the weather data using almost any conversion, display a weather map as your desktop wallpaper, log the weather data in any format, export the weather data in any format, customize the look of the Weather Watcher interface and icons via skins, and much more.”
Anchor Link Weather1
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2013-02-20
Version: 8.51 – Released: 2013-02-20 Windows: All
File Size: 6.4 MB
“Desktop weather at it’s best! This is a great weather program that can sit in your system tray and keep you posted of current weather conditions, forecasts, Warnings and Advisories, radar/satellite images and much more! Over 5,500 Worldwide locations of which to retrieve current conditions, over 700 satellite/radar/weather images, including 1-day, 2-day, 10-Day, 3 Month and 12 Month Outlooks, USDA, Forecast images, Population/Census information, and much more!
“You have access to hundreds of Satellite and Radar images, including state level radar, weather cams, and much more. You can rotate your wallpaper with local or remote images, have it alert you of severe weather, and many more features. You can also customize the look of Weather1 by changing any of the available skins – or create your own skins! … click the features link below for all the details.”